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Matthew's practice focuses on intellectual property law with a concentration in trademark and copyright counseling. Clients benefit from his experience with both start-ups and multinational brands for clearance of proposed marks, obtaining approvals for applications to register marks and issued registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as brand protection and enforcement at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and in foreign opposition proceedings.
Matthew has spoken on a wide range trademark and copyright topics, including enforcement strategies with social media and ecommerce sites, trademark and design protections for fashion, personal names as trademarks, television plotlines featuring trademark and copyright law issues, "copyright troll" litigation, and comparative trademark use requirements outside the United States.
Besides leading the LGBTQ Alliance at the firm, Matthew is actively involved with the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, where he currently serves as Vice-Chair for the USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee and is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief for the section’s Landslide magazine. He also serves as the section’s liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association and the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Matthew is recently completed his term as a member of the International Trademark Association's Publications Committee and will be starting a new term on the Copyright Committee. Matthew has previously served as a member of the U.S. Legislation Subcommittee. His J.D. is from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Principal areas of focus include:
- Intellectual property law
- Trademark law
- Copyright law